Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.
Current Job Openings
Fallingwater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Mill Run, Pa., near Ohiopyle State Park, has an opening for a full-time, year-round security officer. This position will work the 4:00 p.m. to midnight shift, but might occasionally fill in for a different schedule.
The successful candidate will be dependable and able to work the evening schedule, including availability for scheduling during the week and weekends as needed. The ideal candidate must have a valid driver’s license, as well as the ability to stand, walk and climb stairs continuously, run occasionally and lift up to 50 lbs. as needed. Act 33 and 34 clearances are required within the first six months of employment.
Fallingwater offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Security in the subject line.
Fallingwater Membership Representative
Fallingwater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, has openings for part-time and full-time membership representatives. Our membership team works together by giving a brief presentation at the conclusion of each tour, inviting visitors to support Fallingwater through monetary donations.
Whether you’re a retired professional or simply looking for a new challenge, you will share Fallingwater’s story in a unique and personal way. You must be a creative multitasker comfortable speaking to groups and at ease interacting with visitors from all walks of life. Training and ongoing coaching are provided. Successful applicants must be flexible with their schedule and available to work weekends and holidays.
Fallingwater offers a professional, friendly working atmosphere in a beautiful location where a positive change in your vocational path is possible. Part-time positions offer a competitive hourly rate, employee discounts and free admissions to Fallingwater. Full-time positions offer additional benefits.
To apply, send a letter and resume to email@example.com and list Membership in the subject line.
Director, General Accounting
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has an opening for an experienced accounting professional. The director of general accounting will oversee general accounting, internal controls, investment accounting, land and conservation easement accounting, cash management, banking, fixed asset accounting, annual audit, financial statement preparation and tax reporting. This position reports to the vice president/chief financial officer.
Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting and six to eight years’ experience in non-profit finance/operations and hold a current CPA or CMA certification. Qualified applicants must have a thorough understanding of computerized accounting systems and processes and experience with fund/project accounting. Candidates must have the ability to work independently and with others in a collegial manner. Prior supervisory experience is required.
This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the chance to work for a well-established organization that does extensive conservation work in Western Pennsylvania.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list General Accounting in the subject line.
Educator (Tour Guide)
Fallingwater, the masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that received UNESCO World Heritage designation, is hiring part-time tour guides. Join a dynamic, collaborative team of museum educators that greets visitors from around the world, right in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. This is a great opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, build your presentation and interpretation skills and enhance your resume. Whether you are a retired professional or just beginning your career, Fallingwater can change you and your vocational path.
Educators engage visitors on one-hour, non-scripted general architecture tours of Fallingwater. Educators may also have opportunities to lead educational workshops and give presentations. Educators must be able to retain architectural and historical facts, dates and anecdotes, and then customize that information according to the interests of the visitors. Tours should be conversational as the guide facilitates the visitor’s self-discovery of architecture in harmony with nature. Educators must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and will engage visitors ages 6 to 106 from diverse cultures, languages and geographic areas. Educators must be articulate, positive, outgoing, dependable and flexible and have a professional demeanor.
To apply, email letter of interest and/or resume to email@example.com and list Educators in the subject line.
Pittsburgh, PA (home office); field sites throughout Pennsylvania
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be conducting surveys for secretive marsh birds across large wetland complexes in Northwestern Pennsylvania, monitoring bird communities in prescribed fire locations and working on conservation projects with the Allegheny Bird Conservation Alliance. The avian technician will work with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified projects, WPC’s strategic plan and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan.
Job Description: The avian technician will conduct off-road point count and marsh bird call-broadcast surveys using standardized protocols to collect occurrence, abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value in Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently as well as alongside WPC staff completing surveys, maneuvering kayaks or canoes through wetlands, bush-whacking on foot to locations and navigating through wet, rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. water, rocks, insects, poisonous plants, sun exposure and possibly rattlesnakes). Other duties include desktop field preparations, site access communications with land managers and state agency staff, data entry and management, and assisting with vegetation assessments.
Qualifications: Must have experience and familiarity with the birds, habitats and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Experience with standardized secretive marsh bird survey methods preferred. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and sound is required, and plant identification knowledge is preferred. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys) and working in remote locations with extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have the ability to paddle through dense wetlands, hike long distances over potentially exposed, steep, hilly and/or rocky terrain, and work long hours in cool, hot or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or currently be pursuing a B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects.
Position Duration: early-May to late-August 2020 (approximately)
Pay: $12-$16 per hour; 40-hour work week, plus food, travel expenses and work-trip lodging during field work
Application process: Send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Avian Technician in the subject line. Application deadline is March 1.
Fallingwater Preservation Assistant
The preservation assistant will provide administrative and clerical support to the department of preservation and collections at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork, Fallingwater, which was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The preservation assistant will work closely with the director of preservation and collections, the director of maintenance, the maintenance assistant and the registrar to monitor preservation maintenance efforts across the site, document progress and transfer images and documentation to the Fallingwater archive. Reports to the director of preservation and collections.
Prior advanced administrative experience with advanced typing/word processing skills and proficiency with MS Office software is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, excellent attention to detail and ability to handle multiple priorities are also required.
The position requires knowledge and experience with historic preservation, including a familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. A college degree or certificate in historic preservation, preservation studies, building trades or a related field is preferred. At least three to five years of experience working at an historic property and a familiarity of preservation construction projects at various scales is preferred. Knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and early to mid-20th century building technologies is a plus.
This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com and list Preservation Assistant in the subject line. Deadline to apply is February 14, 2020.
Visitor Services Representative
Fallingwater has part-time openings in the Visitor Services Department. Successful applicants provide superior customer service, handle reservations, sell admission tickets and on-line ticket sales, and greet and assist visitors at the visitor services desk. Visitor services representatives average two to three days per week from March through November and will be laid off until spring (while the house is closed for winter). Candidates must be available to work weekends and holidays, as needed. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list VSR in the subject line of the email.
Café Customer Service Assistant
Fallingwater has a part-time opening for a customer service assistant in its Café. Duties include taking customers’ food orders, ringing orders through the register and assisting in serving food. Successful applicants must have good customer service skills and be available to work during the week and on weekends and holidays, as scheduled. The customer service assistant works through November and will be laid off (while the house is closed for winter) until the spring. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com and list Café in the subject line.
Fallingwater Institute High School Residency Instructor (Contract Positions)
Fallingwater seeks architecture and design professionals who have experience teaching high school students to lead one-week, educational residency programs for the Fallingwater Institute during the summer of 2020. Fallingwater Institute residency instructors will reside on site while teaching and supervising groups of students during full-day sessions. Applicants must have all clearances necessary to work with children in Pennsylvania. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Instructor in the subject line.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.